Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Supreme Court's King v. Burwell Upcoming Decision and Toolkit

Dana Halvorson and Dianne De La Mare


According to a June 23, 2015, email announcement from the Alliance for Health Reform, the organization has a new toolkit will “help you prepare for and understand the Supreme Court's King v. Burwell decision, which could come as early as Friday.” The announcement goes on to note that “the case, a major challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), concerns the legality of health insurance tax credits offered through a federally-run health insurance marketplace, as opposed to a marketplace established by an individual state. Currently, the federal government is operat­ing insurance marketplaces in more than 30 states, and, as of February 2015, 7.5 million people receive premium subsidies in states with a federally-run marketplace. A ruling for the King petitioners could mean that individu­als will no longer be able to receive subsidies to purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace, depending on action by Congress or individual states.” 

The Alliance for Health Reform toolkit summarizes key resources that provide legal, policy, and polit­ical analyses on the case and its implications. It also includes a list of experts, along with contact information. To learn more about the ACA and for helpful resources, please visit AHCA/NCAL’s ACA website.

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